Officials from the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C. recently visited Virginia Tech to discuss emerging trade and development topics with Virginia Tech students and trade experts.

The delegation visited the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which is home to the Virginia Tech Center for Agricultural Trade.

During the visit, Indonesian Attaché of Agriculture Rindayuni Triavini spoke to undergraduate students during an international agricultural development class. She covered topics related to Indonesia’s partnership with the U.S., highlighting specific products that the two countries currently trade, and providing some developing-country perspective on trade issues.

Triavini stressed the importance of pushing past trade barriers to provide food for hungry people around the world, a topic researchers within the Virginia Tech department are concerned with.

Rachmad Poetranto, an embassy agricultural affairs associate, accompanied Triavini on her visit and also met with faculty members and officials from the Virginia Tech college’s center for agricultural trade.

For several years, the delegation has attended the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade, which is co-hosted by the Virginia Tech department and center for agricultural trade, and has developed a relationship with Virginia Tech faculty.

Indonesian representatives are interested in pursuing an educational agreement between an Indonesian university and Virginia Tech.